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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2011, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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HandLoads for 7-30Waters Contender carbine

Looking for some pet loads for 7-30Waters contender carbine.

Sierra, Nosler, Speer reloading manuals not much help.

Sierra manual has a few loads for 7-30W rifle.
Nosler has 7-30W handgun loads only.
Speer manual doesnt include 7-30W.

Getting low on factories (federal premium w/ flat nose bullets.)

Factories group decent at 100yds but all over the place at 200yd (which I would think to be limit for this cartridge on deer)

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Re: HandLoads for 7-30Waters Contender carbine

Flyfishr,

I'm currently looking at my Hornady reloading book, 6th edition, as I load for the 7-30 Waters. But mine is a 14" handgun barrel and is really accurate...I mean cloverleaf accurate at 100 yards.

I will agree with you that the cartridge is a 200 yard max at best on whitetail.

Now, the odd thing about the Hornady book is that for a 7-30 rifle, it gives only one load and that's for a Hornady bullet that's been discontinued. Yeah....go figure.

But, I can't see why the handgun load would not work in the carbine, as long as you worked up the load.

My handgun load is 38.8 of H-414 under the Hornady SP bullet, with the bullet seated 20 thousands from the lands. Any closer or any farther will give me bad groups. And yes....this load is from my Nosler book...not my Hornady book. (For loading the Nosler 120gr. bullet) This load will also work just as well with the Nosler....but the Nosler bullets are way more costly than the Hornady's.

You can get some excellent data from Hodgdon's web site (you probably already know this) at This link.

I don't know if I've helped, but I hope so.

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Re: HandLoads for 7-30Waters Contender carbine

SW assuming your using 120gr?
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Re: HandLoads for 7-30Waters Contender carbine

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SW assuming your using 120gr?
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Re: HandLoads for 7-30Waters Contender carbine

My old 14" I used 36.5 grain of W748

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